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Tulsa World
June 24, 2012

Area youths praise Obama's immigration decision
By Ginnie Graham

Under Obama's administration, deportations hit record highs, according to a nonprofit clearinghouse, leading to massive backlogs of cases in immigration courts and longer wait times for hearings. In August, his administration announced a program to reduce the backlog by identifying cases to be dismissed or put on hold through the use of prosecutorial discretion. The move was to focus on immigrants engaged in criminal behavior intending to harm the country. Nationally, by the end of May, about 4,600 cases were closed based on prosecutorial discretion, which is about 1.5 percent of the total cases pending, according to the nonprofit Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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